2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Really bad sounds.

Tiny
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  • 2001 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
  • RWD
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  • 152,300 MILES
I have been out of town for three days and my car has been sitting in an airport parking lot. When I got back last night I started the car, which turned over fine. The problem started when I tried to back out of my spot. When the car moved it sounded like nails scraping across a blackboard. I immediately stopped and was afraid to move the car any farther. I am new to this city and don't know anyone. I really don't know what to do and I am a afraid to move my car in case the sounds are a symptom of major damage.
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Monday, July 6th, 2015 AT 9:50 AM

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Tiny
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This is just my opinion. Call a tow truck, either have it towed home or to a repair shop. Are you handy working on vehicles? If not, have it towed to repair shop. Usually, I don't like working on a vehicle in a parking lot, my tools are usually someplace else, and I hate running back and forth.

I live in an apartment building and they don't like people working on their vehicles in the parking lot.

Right now, I can't tell if you have a wheel bearing problem--half-shaft--brakes--tranny or what?

If you use a tow truck and take it to repair shop it is going to cost you, I don't know how much? Maybe the shop would have a loaner vehicle you could use till they got yours fixed. Maybe you have a friend or relative that could loan you a vehicle.

If your good at working on your own vehicle, have at it, safely raise and support the vehicle, try rotating the tires one at a time, see if you can locate which tire the noise is coming from. Go from there.
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Monday, July 6th, 2015 AT 11:33 AM
Tiny
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Unfortunately I fail when it comes to mechanics so I called a shop and had them come and tow the vehicle to their location. Evidently the spring on the passenger rear strut had busted and was digging into several different areas and that was the source of the noise. The repair shop had me and they knew it so I probably got screwed pretty badly. Yeah Monday was a ruff day.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 AT 6:59 AM
Tiny
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Hopefully, it won't be too bad. About all you can do is get it fixed and move on.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 AT 7:11 AM

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